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Reader’s comment: The last thing they need

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In response to Ann Farmer: BBC journalists to teach children about fake news. Well, they should know, flyingdutchman wrote:

If teachers spent more time teaching the basics (maths, sciences, reading, writing and critical thinking) then those children would be perfectly capable of building up an immunity to fake news, including much of the drivel spouted by the BBC.

As it stands, however, teachers are more likely to endorse using teaching time taking children to Thorpe Park, conducting ‘educational visits’ to selected local places of worship, educating them about LGBT issues and bringing in experts to hold mindfulness sessions. The last thing they need is yet more propaganda from the fruitcakes at the BBC.

As for the BBC, well anything goes for the sake of diversity. This morning they’ve published an article entitled ‘Grammar school success “down to privilege” – study’.

It makes the frankly outrageous claim that once you adjust for a number of factors, grammar schools are no better than comprehensives, and that they ‘endanger social cohesion for no clear improvement in overall results’.

Interestingly, one of the factors they have decided to isolate and adjust for is ethnicity. Why would they need to do that? I am looking forward to a sharp-minded BBC journo asking the author of the research whether he believes that ethnicity determines intelligence. Or maybe they won’t, y’know, for the sake of diversity.

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